Our Best Ham Salads
When a special occasion calls for a whole smoked or glazed ham, you can just about guarantee lots of leftovers. Enter ham salad: a finely chopped mix of ham, mayo, and pickles that's delicious in a sandwich or as a spread on crackers. We've rounded up all our highest rated variations here. Taking a little creative license, we're also including other salads like creamy macaroni and veggie-packed antipasto that'll help make that extra ham disappear. And if you don't have any to use up, just head to your deli counter and ask for smoked or mildly seasoned ham.
Ham Salad Spread
It doesn't get more classic than this ham salad — a combo of finely chopped cooked ham, relish, hard-cooked eggs, and mayo. Dip butter crackers, spread on a sandwich, or add a scoop to a green salad. "My family gobbled it up!" says reviewer loniu7.
Ham and Shell Salad
The best part of the mini shells in this pasta salad? They form the perfect catcher's mitt for the diced cheddar, ham, and sweet green peas. It all comes together with a light, creamy mayo dressing. Enjoy as a kid-friendly dinner or a make-ahead potluck dish.
Deviled Ham Spread
Cucumber and Ham Antipasto
Winter Blossom's Often Requested Ham Salad
Creator Diane Horn Talts has made some diehard fans of this salad, including one friend who requested it be shipped long distance! Many reviewers love it as a way to use up leftover ham. "I'm eating it right now and it's just glorious," says user Jennifer Ball.
Green Pea and Ham Salad
Ham and green peas are often stirred into pastas and potato salads, so why not make them the star of the show? This salad would be a great addition to your bbq, picnic, or potluck table. "I give this recipe high marks for simplicity and flavor," says user Hennepin Dave.
Awesome Ham Pasta Salad
"I thought I made a mean pasta salad but this recipe makes me want to chuck mine out the window!" says super fan Luvsherredsox. A surprise ingredient, beef bouillon granules, gives the dressing a savory note we love.
For a little extra crunch and color in this classic ham salad, creator James stirs in finely diced green bell pepper and celery. "...Ideal for after-the-holidays leftover ham," says fan Melanie4.
Ham and Dill Pickle Spread
"Dill makes a difference!" says recipe creator kdsmom. Here, she's talking about chopped dill pickles, a fun twist on the classic sweet pickle relish. Keep with the deli theme and serve this ham salad on slices of rye or pumpernickel bread.
Macaroni Salad with a Twist
A sweet and tangy dressing binds the pasta, diced ham, and bell pepper in this salad. "Everyone was asking me where I bought it! I told them I made it from scratch and they couldn't believe it," says user Angie Valasquez.
Homemade Deviled Ham Spread
Many reviewers were happy to swear off the canned and deli counter versions of ham salad to make this easy version. A few additional spices like garlic powder, paprika, and caraway seeds help to balance the salty ham and creamy mayo.
Allison's Pasta Salad
Looking for a pasta salad that's different but will still be a big hit with your crowd? This version adds green grapes for a touch of sweetness that goes so well with the diced ham and sharp cheddar. "This salad was awesome!" says user Yasamin.